It’s official, the long-anticipated Starbucks on West Main Street in Patchogue opened on Wednesday.
Long Islanders now have access to the company’s pink drink, cappuccinos, chai tea lattes and baked delights in the heart of the village.
“We want them to succeed, just as we want every business in Patchogue to succeed,” David Kennedy, the executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, said. “We’ll be inviting them to be connected to the community and we’re confident that they’re going to be very willing to be good community partners.”
Before it opened its doors to the public, the new coffeehouse became acquainted with the Patchogue community on Sunday, when employees handed out free hot and iced coffees and baked treats to spectators enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day parade on West Main Street.
While part of the community welcomes the new drive-through coffeehouse with open arms, the initial news that Starbucks would open on Main Street drew criticism from members of the public. One concern was for the well being of nearby mom-and-pop coffee shops, particularly Roast and The Bean that are located within two blocks of the new Starbucks.
“I really have no issue with Starbucks coming to town,” said Rob Cutrone, one of the owners of The Bean of Patchogue, one block east Starbucks. “I think they’ve tried to, as many businesses have, to capitalize on a very young, exciting and exploding downtown on the South Shore.
“What we’re going to do at The Bean is we’re going to double, triple, down on what we know we do well, and really continue to bank on our loyal customers who have supported us and allowed us to flourish over the last four years,” he added.
The shop opens every day at 5 a.m., except on Sundays when it opens at 6 a.m. It closes at 10 p.m. each night.